It’s one of the best coaching job’s of GP’s 18 year career, but he wants to credit the kids.
On QB Grayson Muehlstein’s first start for TCU: ”Here’s a guy that’s stayed for five years and was rewarded. He’s a team player .... here’s a guy that stayed around because he said it’s what he wanted to do and he appreciated it -- being a part of us. Where would we be if he wasn’t here?
TCU is the only one to have played them both this year, so Patterson would know.
“Texas is going to get an opportunity again this next Saturday. I can just tell you guys right now: I don’t want to. Last year I had to play them twice last year with Baker [Mayfield]. I would not want to play them twice with Kyler [Murray]. Telling you right now. It’s recess. And it’s full blast.”
Asked specifically whether OU deserved a playoff spot if it beat Texas, Patterson said: “Everybody else has one loss, right? Georgia had a good defense last year and Oklahoma was up 31-0 [in the CFP semifinal matchup]. And Georgia had a good football team. All I’m saying is, I’m a coach, I just watch. I played Ohio State. I saw what they did to Michigan today. I’m telling you, I played both. I know who I would rather play again. And who I wouldn’t.”
Playing down to people? Oh come on...
“When we play a higher ranked team, we know we’ve gotta take it from them and we play at a higher level,” OSU defensive back Rodarius Williams said. “Just playing down to people really hurt us in the end.”
Gundy said he’s tried to preach the importance of each individual game to his team all season, but he can’t quite put his finger on why the message hasn’t translated to the field.
”It’s crazy how we can play one week and the next week we don’t play very well,” Gundy said. “I don’t have the answer. It’s the dangest thing I’ve ever seen. We play teams that are top-10 in the country and we play like a top-20 team. We play teams that are not playing as well and struggling and we play like a top-80 team.”
The Frogs held yet another team well below their season averages - and won the turnover battle.
3.9: Average yards per play for the Cowboys, who managed only 280 yards of offense. It was the first time they fell below the 300-yard mark since the Texas game in 2014.
6.0: Average yards per play for the Horned Frogs. They had 423 yards of offense, only the third time they went over 400 yards in Big 12 play this season. The other opponents were Kansas and Texas Tech.
10: Rushing touchdowns this season for quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who added two Saturday. He finishes the regular season with one more than Justice Hill, who didn’t travel to TCU because of an injury.
18:12: The difference in time of possession. TCU had the ball for 39:06 compared to OSU’s 20:54.